The Los Angeles Lakers welcomed Alex Caruso back to the Staples Center with the Chicago Bulls, honoring him with a tribute video.
Alex Caruso didn’t get a new contract from the Lakers, but he received a standing ovation when he made his first trip to Staples Center to take on his old team.
Now playing for the Bulls, Caruso sat on the opponent’s bench as a video highlighting him from Los Angeles was shown on the big screen.
The Lakers put together a video in honor of Alex Caruso
The video demonstrated how important Caruso was to the team as they battled for the ultimate prize.
He also shared a moment with LeBron James, who was injured.
Caruso came with the Lakers through the G-League, and worked his way up to the NBA roster via a two-way contract. It wasn’t long before he became a fan favorite with nicknames like “The Bald Mamba”.
He turned himself into a major contributor, averaging 6.4 points per game during the tournament held in 2020, even into the NBA Finals.
Despite his championship contribution, he joined free agency after the 2020-21 season with questions about whether the Lakers would maintain their continuity.
Ultimately, Caruso signed a four-year deal with the Bulls for $37 million.
So far with Chicago, Caruso averages 8.1 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists while off the bench most of the time. The game against the Lakers began on Monday evening.